Karl Schlögel


Karl Schlögel about Ghent

Ghent – a European Panorama. Henri van de Velde, Edmond Sacré, Henri Pirenne

Gent - ein europäisches Panorama: Henri van de Velde, Edmond Sacré, Henri Pirenne

I had long known that Ghent was an important, ancient city, well worth a visit. I had seen it as a student on a...

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Karl Schlögel (Hawangen, Germany, 1948) is a historian and a slavist. He studied philosophy, sociology, Slavonic studies and history, worked as a journalist and translator, and taught at a number of international universities. From 1995 to 2013 he was Professor of Eastern European history at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). He wrote, among other works, Moskau lesen (1984), Jenseits des Grossen Oktober. Petersburg 1909-1921. Das Laboratorium der Moderne (1988), Berlin, Ostbahnhof Europas (1998), Promenade in Jalta und andere Städtebilder (2001), Marjampole oder Europas Wiederkehr aus dem Geist der Städte (2005) and Terror und Traum: Moskau 1937 (2008). In 2013 he published Grenzland Europa. Unterwegs auf einem neuen Kontinent and in 2014 appeared Archäologie des Kommunismus oder Russland im 20. Jahrhundert. As the titles of his publications suggest, Schlögel is a specialist on Eastern European cultural history, in particular on Russia and the Soviet Union. Recurring themes in his work include the history of cities and urban building in Eastern Europe, forced migration within Europe and the theoretical challenges of historiography. He has received many prizes, including the European Essay Prize Charles Veillon in 1990, the Anna-Krüger-Preis des Wissenschafts-Kollegs zu Berlin in 1999, the Sigmund-Freud-Preis der Deutschen Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung in 2004 and the Leipziger Buchpreis für Europäische Verständigung in 2009. His work has been translated into several languages.

For citybooks, Karl Schlögel travelled to Ghent in the autumn of 2014 and was pleasantly surprised by the buildings he saw there. Although this city is renowned for its stunning historical centre, Schlögel discovered there a number of modern architectural pearls, too.